The Cinematography Podcast Episode 88: Paul Cameron

Paul Cameron, ASC got his start guerilla-shooting live music with borrowed equipment from film school. Beginning in the scrappy world of music videos and fast-paced commercials creatively prepared Paul for the action/thriller genre. Paul met cinematographer-turned-director Dominic Sena, who gave him the opportunity to shoot Paul’s first feature, Gone in 60 Seconds. They were able to collaborate and communicate with a shared visual language. Later, Paul’s work on the film Man on Fire with director Tony Scott allowed him to really hone his look. Though he prefers to use film cameras, Paul had the opportunity to shoot Michael Mann’s Collateral with digital cameras, one of the first major films to use the technology. Jonathan Nolan, the director and producer of the HBO series, Westworld, asked Paul to shoot the pilot before there was even a script. They quickly decided to shoot on 35 mm to capture the grand scale of the western landscape. For season three of Westworld, Paul was the director of photography for the first episode, and has earned an Emmy nomination for his work. He also had the opportunity to direct episode four of the series for the very first time and really enjoyed it. Westworld will return for Season 4.

Find Paul Cameron

Instagram: @paulcameron_dp

See Westworld on HBO

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Close Focus: Film, television and sports returning during COVID-19 and the ways different shoots are handling it:

-Bigger productions like Jurassic World are creating bubbles for their productions

-Commercials are back in production, and Sandwich, a commercial production company, has pioneered a very clever and socially distant way to shoot them for their clients, such as this one for Slack.

Soap operas are using actor’s spouses or significant others as stand-ins and for intimate close ups.

Illya’s short end: Lovecraft Country on HBO is pretty spectacular in how it deals with both monsters and racism.

Ben’s short end: The Masterclass course by Ron Howard is very practical, engaging and will teach you all about the nuts and bolts of directing.

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Podcast Credits:

Editor in Chief:  Illya Friedman@hotrodcameras

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Ben Rock:  Twitter: @neptunesalad

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Producer: Alana Kode

Editor: Ben Katz

Composer: Kays Alatractchi

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